Archive: January, 2006

Group networked backup

Use Case: Every computer on my network installs a small piece of software called “Safety-net.” Each safety-net computer backs up every other safety-net computer on the same subnet. The backup is 100% automatic. Zero user interface. Zero scheduling. Zero administration. I come in and can throw an entire laptop out the window. I buy a […]

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Quote of the week

“I love the smell of white-board marker in the morning. It smells like creativity. ” – Greg Raiz 1/9/05 Do you have a project in mind? We’d love to work with you. If you’d like an opportunity to work on projects with us, check out our Careers page. We’re hiring!

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AJAX and the Back button

In a traditional web application every link or form-submit brings you to a new page and adds a page into your navigation back stack. Now AJAX applications can create forms that don’t add pages into the navigation as well as links that don’t navigate. So this begs the question, what should the back button do? […]

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Interactive Art

Yesterday was the monthly meeting of BostonCHI, a group of people in the Boston area who get together and talk about UI stuff. Shameless plug, I’m the vice-chair, come join us next month. George Fifield from Boston Cyberarts Festival came and spoke this month about interactive art. I found a couple pieces pretty interesting but […]

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Episode II – Desktop Wars – A new Mac

Many people are focusing on the release of Apple hardware using the intel x86 processor, but that’s not the real news. The real news is that Apple has released x86 compatible software. It won’t be long until people figure out how to boot Windows on the Apple machine and bypass the EFI hardware layer. It’ll […]

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Dangerous Features

Dangerous Features This is a screenshot of the menu bar in office being docked to the left side of the window. You may ask, why would someone want to do that? The short answer is that they probably wouldn’t. The long answer may have something to do with Far East languages that read top to […]

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Office 12 Ribbon UI

Office 12 is introducing a new hybrid control called a ribbon. This control is a combination of both a toolbar and menu. The good: Simplicity – Much more simple and organized in terms of screen real estate. No more toolbars, floating widget and miscellaneous controls all over the screen. (I hope) Organized – Functionality is […]

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Recovering a broken hard drive

A few weeks months back I had the painful experience of having a total hard drive crash. You may remember my meltdown here. Well the company I used to recover my drive was amazing and it turns out they perform amazing feats on a regular basis. It’s much cheaper to buy a spare drive and […]

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